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Sundowners #3
Dark Horse
Words: Tim Seeley
Pictures: Jim Terry

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I was wondering the other day, “How does Spider-Man, or Captain America, or any of those super dudes, how do they mow their yard?”  I mean they have to have a yard right?  Unless they all live in apartments, so if that’s the case, “How do they do their grocery shopping?”  In other words, the day to day lives of superheroes has to be pretty similar to our lives right?  So what does this have to do with Sundowners #3?  Not much really, but in a grander scheme it does. 

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Memetic #1
Boom! Studios
Words: James Tynion IV
Pictures: Eryk Donovan

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They’re everywhere.  Hell, entire websites have been built around them.  If it weren’t for memes, where would we get our hilarious quips to share with others on Facebook.  But what if memes were more than just music lyrics over cat pictures?  What if they were weapons?  That’s a damn spooky question that James Tynion IV is asking, and his answers so far, are damn spooky as well.

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Butterfly #2
Archaia
Story: Arash Amel
Words: Marguerite Bennett
Pictures: Antonio Fuso

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Families and spy stories are both complicated.  They are both built with layer after layer of experience and adventure, of tragedy and secrets.  They’re at once hard to pin down and define, yet when you get a snapshot of one it’s easy to recognize them for what they are.  That’s what makes Butterfly work so well.  It’s a spy story about family, and you know what they say about families: they all have their secrets.

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Sleepy Hollow #1
Boom! Studios
Words: Marguerite Bennet
Pictures: Jorge Coelho

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I’ll be upfront on this one.  I’m of two minds with this book for a couple of different reasons.  First up, I have never watched the TV show Sleepy Hollow, which this book originates.  Second, I think I’m ok with that.  So I’m going look at it from both sides of that coin.

Looking at it as an extension of the TV show, I feel a little bit left out.  There are things that are referenced in this issue that, I assume, happened in the TV show.  That left me a wee bit annoyed.  I felt like I was on the outside of an inside joke and I just didn’t get it.  On the other hand, knowing that things happened outside the telling of this tale did lend this issue a bit of depth and volume.  Will we explore or explain the things referenced at a later date in this series?  I don’t know.  I don’t think it’s needed, but like I said, I felt a bit left behind a time or two.

Looking at this issue on its own, I kind of dig it.  It definitely takes the legend of Sleepy Hollow, and turns it on its head quite a bit.  Good old Ichabod has awoke in Today’s world tasked with fighting the evil that springs from the Headless Horseman.  (At least, that’s what I took away from this issue.  If I’m wrong, well, I guess I’ll have to read closer next time.)  He’s partnered up with a cute female detective and together they are out there righting wrongs.  Of course Ichabod fills the role of quaint and cute bumpkin trying to make his way in the modern world quite well.   He also seems to like sweets an awful lot.

I think my favorite thing were the Hundred of Abaddon.  How they were manifesting throughout the town was pretty cool and pretty freaky.  I dug it a lot.  Marguerite Bennet has crafted a pretty cool tale here, and if the creepy weird Hundred of Abaddon is an indication of what’s to come, I like it. Plus  the art of Jorge Coelho is clean and crisp, yet deftly evokes that feeling of creepiness you want from a tale of this nature.

I know it’s because I haven’t seen the show yet, but I’d be fine if this series evolved on it’s with little or no tie in to the show.  Of course, it might go lock step issue for episode with it and I wouldn’t know until I see it, so I guess I’m cool with it either way.

3.5 out of 5 Donut Holes

 

The Story Teller: Witches #2
Archaia
Words and Pictures: Kyla Vanderklugt

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Archaia puts out some of the best looking books on the market today, and Jim Henson’s The Story Teller Witches is another perfect example of that.

This might seem a bit off the beaten path for me, since I admitted like my stories dark and sometimes violent, but man, it’s hard to deny a well told story.  And that’s what you get with The Story Teller Witches.  With this, the second tale, we get the story of the Snow Witch.  This, like the previous issue, is a retelling of a classic fairy tale involving a witch, and Kyla Vanderklugt has done an amazing job of bringing that story to life.  Like all things with the Jim Henson label, this story has a sense of the fantastic, a sense of wonder, and a sense of magic.  It’s what really good story telling is all about.

The landscape formatting of this tale makes you shift your perspective which does nothing but help you get into the mindset that what you’re about to read is very different from what you’re used to.  And yet, it’s so familiar.  It’s engaging from the first page.  It’s visually intriguing; with many of the pages appearing as if they were ancient murals.  Take some time to venture off the beaten path and pick this up.

This story is perfect to sit down with a cozy fire on a cold winter night and read it to your kids.  Or just read it yourself.  It’s a gorgeous book and if you like just plain good stories, you’re going to love this series.

4 out of 5 Fuzzy Dogs